Ollie and I have just got back from a little trip away so as usual we decided to chill out on the beach. I was really surprised to find Sandbanks giving Spain a run for it’s money weather wise. It was really hot and sunny. Then it came to me, why don’t I use this opportunity to blog my first ever outfit post….


Photo Credit: Ollie

Bag: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: River Island | Hairbands: Invisibobble | Top: ASOS | Jeans: ASOS | Nail Polish: OPI I Love Applause | Tan Mousse: Courtesy of Vita Liberata | Body Blur: Courtesy of Vita Liberata


Although we had the DSLR Ollie ended up taking the pics on my iPhone, so that’s why the quality is pretty low. Still, after being super shy on my blog for about 3 or 4 years I’m quite pleased that I’ve finally plucked up the courage to post some proper pictures. I know I let you guys see the odd pic every now and again but I’ve never really posted anything like this. It does make me a little bit nervous I must admit. That said, wouldn’t it be great if I ended up looking back at these and feeling glad that I finally took the plunge?

Sometimes I read old posts by fashion bloggers I follow and it amazes me how far they’ve come. Some have gone from taking fuzzy pics on their phones to creating images that are comparable to those in magazines. I’m a strong believer that when you start at the bottom the only way is up. So you never know, I might make this a regular thing and find that as time goes on my pictures improve too.

Are you a fashion blogger? If so, did you feel nervous after writing your first post?

On a side note, how beautiful is Sandbanks? I feel so lucky that we live where we do. Have you guys ever been?

Carly x


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  • I love these photos and so glad you had the courage to post them, you look great and I love your outfit, that bag is gorgeous. Also it’s so nice to see fashion posts from somewhere other than pretty London houses 😉 and it doesn’t get much better than the gorgeous beach you’re so lucky to live near. Hope you do more posts like this

    Sarah //

    • Thank you so much Sarah. Your comment is lovely and really means a lot. : ) xxxx

  • You look fab! I love the jeans especially! xx


  • Violette

    I love these beach vibes! The pink bag is so pretty!

    • Thanks. I’m obsessed with that bag at the mo! : )

  • You most certainly should make this a regular thing, girlie, because I know for sure you will only get better and better! You are absolutely beautiful and I love your style and I’m so glad that I’m able to get a glimpse of it in an outfit post today! I love the cold shoulder detail on the top and those distressed skinnies look so cute paired with it! I look forward to seeing more #ootd shots from you 🙂 Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!



    • Thank you! Even though this is kind of a fashion post I just wanted to show more of who I am if you see what I mean. Have a fab weekend. xx

  • Stella Asteria

    What a lovely post and photos dear! One thing I am sure is that it gets better and better with each post so keep doing it and I am sure you will be excited seeing the improvement you will be achieving! I was very shy in my first posts,, still I am but if you see my first and my most recent post, that have only one and a half year in between, you will notice a huge difference 🙂 Nice to e-meet you and have a great weekend!

    • Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I must take a look at some of your first posts. I hope you have a great weekend too. X

  • The beach is always a fun place to spend time. Lovely photos here with the cold-shoulder style top. I think we have all been a bit hesitant for first posts. it took me about a year or so to do style posts, because I am shy when it comes to that. The more you do, the better it gets! I agree, the only way it up, lovely. <3 xx/Madison

    • Thanks Madison. I think you are so right! : ) xxxx

  • I can’t wait to put my feet in the sand. Sadly we don’t have much spring weather in Northern California, it’s even supposed to rain next week, but I know soon it will be so hot I’ll be begging for mercy. I’m so happy to see you posted some shots of yourself. I was nervous to put myself out there for a long time. My workout videos horrified me, but now they help me with my positive body image. I’m still not used to talking on camera but every post gets better and better. I’m happy you are enjoying the journey 🙂 You are beautiful.

    • Ah thanks Mary! : ) Sounds like there’s no happy medium weather wise where you are! X

  • Great photos!! I definitely couldn’t tell they were from a phone the quality still looks good on my laptop screen 🙂

    Ash | Liakada

    • Thank you. That’s good to hear! I can def tell the difference myself. The problem is, I’m naturally very critical of my own pics and I follow so many amazing fashion bloggers it’s hard not to compare! Thanks for reading!

  • Mummabstylish Mummabstylish

    Yes that’s looks awesome, a great day on the beach with a super outfit. Jacqui

  • iPhone quality is pretty good nowadays so don’t worry about it not being a DSLR – I didn’t even notice! These pictures are so pretty, don’t be afraid to post more, but I know how you feel! It took me like a year before I posted a picture with my face in it on my blog xx

    |Georgia Megan|

    • Thank you Georgia. It’s reassuring to know that you felt the same too. : ) xxxx

  • Dolce Nina

    Fabulous photos! xoxo

  • I love this outfit, the top and jeans are so cute. Fantastic photos too xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • It’s great to see how far people have come. These photographs look great. LOVE your bag, it goes so well with your nail varnish too!! Hope you had a lovely time!

    Much love,
    Marianne x

    • Yes we did! I’m obsessed with that bag. Thanks for reading. Xx

  • Aliya Patrice

    Wow I love these photos! You look like a seasoned pro to me girlfriend!! So nice to come across your blog! 🙂

    XOXO, Aliya

    • Oh I don’t know about that! Thanks for your lovely comment though. : ) xxxx

  • Nice photos and pretty outfit!

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Oh that sounds like you had some great relaxing time babe! I love that cute pink bag 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

  • I think your photos turned out great! Your cold shoulder top is so cute and I love that bag! So glad you took the plunge and shared your outfit with us this week!

    Doused In Pink

  • OMG I am in LOVE with your bag. Your pic quality is great!!

  • Tina – Styleappetite

    Oh these pictures are just perfect – I am in desperate need of sun and warmer temperatures here in cold Berlin 😉

    And yes, I also think that you have to “start somewhere” and see where it takes you – today everytrhing gets professionalized pretty fast, but I also like when the fashion photos of a blog have a personal note or show something “imperfect” 🙂



    • Thanks Tina. I know exactly what you mean. I appreciate something more personal with imperfections too. As well as the more professional posts of course! I guess there’s a market for it all. Xx

  • You look so beautiful, love your outfit! You go girl, I never know what to do with my arms in outfit photos haha, I always go awkward xD yours look so professional! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    • Thank you so much! I know what you mean about arms. I’m not much of a poser myself which is why it’s taken me so long to post pics up. Being at home in my fave place helped I think. xx

  • Love this outfit, the bag and shirt are beautiful!

    Technicolor ♥ Heart

  • Wow! Such a stunning post and photos!

  • Merel van Poorten

    This bag is so so cute <3

    X Merel

  • Dolce Nina

    Love the outfit! xoxo

  • Julie Scattergood

    Love the outfit. I love to sit and listen to the sound of the sea.

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Aaw I am glad you had this courage babe! I can’t wait to see more pics like these and get to know you a bit better 🙂 Have a good week!
    xx, Carmen –

  • Vicki Strydom

    Wow your outfit is gorgeous! You look amazing x

  • Jo Carroll

    Fab pics…I hate being in photos myself so I reckon know how you feel about that but your blogs great and you obviously have brilliant fashion sense. The positive comments and reactions will hopefully give you the confidence to do more pieces like this one. x

    • Thanks Jo, your comment means a lot! I’m glad it’s not just me that feels this way! X

  • @flickabella1

    Love sandbanks! Lovely outfit- very stylish for the beach!